Ed "DJ Windjammer" Rosenblatt of Somerby Sandy Springs in Sandy Springs, Ga.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, it deeply affects those living in senior and retirement communities. While Gov. Brian Kemp urges nursing home residents to continue sheltering in place, an Atlanta agency created an online pirate radio station to connect seniors and their families.

Through Radio Recliner, senior living residents can become DJs from the comfort of their recliners — sharing songs and stories on air.

“The idea for Radio Recliner came about through our work with partner Bridge Senior Living,” said Mitch Bennett, chief creative officer of Luckie. “We realized that retirees in senior living communities across the country are feeling really isolated right now, maybe even more so than the rest of us. So, Radio Recliner was designed to become a social medium that helps seniors stay together while they’re apart.”

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Listeners from within the communities across the world can also record requests or dedications, which are included in the daily programming.

Currently, there are five communities in Georgia with residents who have signed on to be DJs: Somerby Sandy Springs, Somerby Peachtree City, Summer Breeze Senior Living in Savannah, Jackson Oaks in Jefferson and the Landings at Norcross in Atlanta.

Shows are recorded in three-hour segments in rotation 24/7, with fresh show content launched weekdays at noon.

“The most exciting part of Radio Recliner has been seeing how the residents just make it their own,” Bennett said. “People are definitely wanting to reach out and turn social distancing into social listening.”


Ed "DJ Windjammer" Rosenplatt poses with guitar for Radio Recliner.